The bass has a cool bluish/white color to it. Originally, this base was more of a blue. However, I think it changed into more of a whitish color probably from smoke. There are a few minor nicks and scratches, mainly 2 on the back. But as I said, they are very MINOR. You can barely notice them. I have pictures upon request. The bass features both P/J pickups making this bass very versitile. I have dean marley blue steel strings on the thunderbird. The strings are 1 1/2 months old, but still sound great! The action is setup low, and the bass plays smoothly.